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2013 Fall Foliage In New Hampshire (N.H.) Seems To Have Begun — At Least A Couple Of Weeks Ahead Of The Norm.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> 1st red foliage of 2013 …
>>Aug. 6, 2013.
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I have to confess that I don’t normally take much notice of the foliage — kind of blasé about it having lived in heavily wooded parts of New Hampshire for the last 28 years.

But, seeing the hard-to-miss red foliage on August 5 I have been more on the lookout this year. Plus, we have been asked as Granite State Ambassadors (GSAs) to keep an eye on the fall foliage this year.

This morning (viz. Monday, August 19, 2013) I was running down Prospect Mountain Road (after having run up it), head down, thinking about all the book-related stuff I had to get done today, when something fluttered on my shoulder. I stopped to look. It was red maple leaf. Bright red/orange, and quite small. I then looked around. About a dozen such leaves on the ground. Looked up. Sure enough a patch of red/orange foliage in the trees. This 1/2 mile down from the first foliage I had spotted two weeks ago. So I picked up four leaves and brought them home.

Then, later on in the morning, while seated at my PC, I looked over to my right — through the window I sit next to. My office is on the 4th floor (i.e. attic) on this Colonial. So I am at treetop level. The tree directly across from me is changing color.

This, I know, is early. I asked my ‘buddy’ at the Alton Post Office. He is a native. He says it is early. Half and hour later we were at the Hannaford check-out in Alton when I heard the young checkout girl talking about how the foliage was early this year.

So it must be true. Fall foliage 2013, in NH, is early.

But, after what has been a chilly August (though I am forcing myself and Teischan to still go swimming in the lake, including today), we are going to get a 3-day HEAT WAVE. That will sure confuse the trees. They might start shedding earlier.

Yes, of course, I will keep an eye open and let you know. Stay tuned.

In Praise Of Subway Chopped Salads — Especially One With Applewood Pulled Pork. Yum!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Day at ‘Story Land’ … — Aug. 16, 2013.


subwaysaladMy very low-carb diet, that I have been on since January 24, 2013, and have lost 22(+) pounds in the process, does restrict my dining choices since I am loath to cheat — given that I take to dieting earnestly.

pulledporkSo when we departed ‘Story Land‘ at around 6:40 pm on Friday, after another very fun day, I was keeping an eye out for where we could eat, also bearing in mind that Teischan typically prefers fast food. As we got to scenic, iconic Intervale I happened to spot a Subway sign across the road from the popular ‘Cathedral Ledge‘ overview. I don’t think I had noticed it before, but then again I had not driven through Intervale looking for somewhere to eat. We all like Subway. When I was not on my diet I would happily devour a footlong chicken sandwich in a matter of minutes and still be looking for more. But of late it has been their chopped salads. Prior to Friday we had stopped at different Subways twice in the last 6 weeks — I once even having the plain vegetarian.

On Friday, when we stopped, I saw their promotion for Applewood Pulled Pork. I am a sucker for pork and am quite partial to pulled pork. So I was kind of bummed that I couldn’t have a footlong. Deanna and Teischan had Turkey variants. Then it was my turn. I asked for a chopped salad (as opposed to an un-chopped whole salad). I then asked whether I can have the pulled pork with it. Must say that the young girl who was single handedly running the place, including baking bread, while we were ordering was very helpful and thorough. She said that I can have any meat they have and as such pulled pork was certainly an option. So I had a pulled pork chopped salad with barbeque dressing (at their recommendation). It was yummy. Wasn’t cheap. Chopped salads are more expensive than a footlong confirming the adage that it is not cheap to eat healthy. But it was worth it.

I totally recommend it. Plus you feel so righteous.

Moreover, that Intervale location was an absolute treasure. They had clean picnic tables outside. So you get to eat overlooking THE Intervale million dollar view. What more can you ask for? We were delighted. And to add icing to the cake there is a cute, decently priced ice cream place next door. So Teischan got a kiddie swirl — which Mum helped her finish. So if you are in the North Conway area and looking for some healthy, fast food with a view checkout this Subway at Intervale.

Next to the ice cream place is a HUGE convenience store with a flea market section in the back. They had some interesting stuff. So this was a worthwhile stop.

Our view, around 7:15 pm on August 16, 2013, as we at at Subway in Intervale, NH. click to ENLARGE.

Our view, around 7:15 pm on August 16, 2013, as we at at Subway in Intervale, NH. click to ENLARGE.

‘Story Land’ (Glen, N.H.): The Bamboo Chutes Picture.

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The 4th in our Story Land ‘Bamboo Chutes’ collection. We have them stuck up on the downstairs wall. Let us see how the kids have grown over the years. Also have one of Devanee of a tractor. I think that was 2003. I don’t think they do that picture shoot anymore. I think this is the ONLY ‘shoot’ they do, which is rather strange.

New Hampshire (N.H.) 2013 Foliage Is Already Beginning To Peek Through — Well Ahead Of Schedule.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As I stated in this post I was truly stunned to see bona fide red foliage in a tree on August 5, 2013. That to me was way too early.

Toady we went to ‘Story Land‘ in Glen, New Hampshire, just north of North Conway. That is prime fall foliage country. I kept a weather eye open.

Didn’t see any fall foliage per se until we were in ‘Story Land’. The above two pictures were trees at Story Land. Unmistakable, incontrovertible evidence that the leaves are changing color. In the case of the tree that was already mainly orange it was shedding leaves.

I think this is early.

So this could be quite a year for fall foliage given that August has been unusually chilly. I will keep my eyes open. I am in foliage country. I am surrounded by trees,

So stay tuned.

We Went To ‘Story Land’ (Glen, N.H.) Today. A Uplifting, Fun Day As Ever. A Very N.H. Treasure.

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Any day at ‘Story Land‘ (providing it is not pelting down with rain), as is the case with the Laconia Multicultural Day, is a good day by definition, though the caveat is a bit redundant since ‘they’ really do try hard to make one’s visit to Glen fulfilling and rewarding. Kids love it. “Story Land” and “Clark’s Trading Post” are my perennial favorite amusement spots in N.H. (albeit I preferring the latter by a tad because I love the bears, like the train and enjoyed the Segways the last time I was there, though I did not thoroughly trust them not to deposit me, unceremoniously, on my face). But, given a choice, with Devanee at a 12-night camp, Teischan, as we expected, plumped for ‘Story Land’. She has been a few times and remembers that she liked the overall experience. We did go to “Santa’s Village” in 2011 — but that was a hike. Really felt like you were driving to the North Pole. Story Land, 65 miles from home, is just right.

Talking of ‘just right’ today was a Goldilocks’ day: the weather was just right as were the crowds. Right smack bang in the middle.

We try to go to Story Land at least every other year but it is possible that we haven’t been as of 2010 — with the 2011 diversion to Santa’s Village.

P1040604A few new things in particular: Splash Battle, the re-done Loopylab & Imagination Theatre. But, the catchy French adage, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (the more things change, the more they stay the same) really applies in vengeance to Story Land — and that is NOT a bad thing; it is really part of its abiding magic. Deanna used to go to Story Land as a child with her Dad. Given the 17-year age span of my kids, I have been taking kids to Story Land since the 1990s. So we have mental images of Story Land and in reality it maintains a reassuring continuity despite the gallant efforts to reinvigorate. They try and for that they do deserve kudos.
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The Pharaoh’s Reign ‘Splash Battle’ is essentially their ever popular Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride on steroids. Now you really do get soaked. But now they have Fully Body dryers. I want one for the house. If it accepted credit cards I would have used multiple times and being who I am invited others to join us in getting dry.

The revamped Loopylab is ball pit with semi-rigid foam balls — without the pit. It is a load of fun. I stood around catching balls coming my way. It was just like fielding practice — the only thing being that you couldn’t move too much because there were kids underfoot. I think they should bring the Sri Lanka cricket team over here to practice their catching with these balls. Might help.

The Hanneford Circus (which has nothing to do with the Hannaford Supermarkets, though I didn’t spot the difference in spelling) had three world-class acts — two done by the same, amazing, and I mean amazing young man — who may be from Argentina (as is the pope). I will do a separate post on the circus. It was beyond impressive.

If you haven’t been to Story Land of late give yourself a treat, get up there this year. You will have a ball and get soaked.

This young man, who did this balancing act today, is beyond amazing. He can juggle and balance. Both at extremely high levels -- and I don't mean just the height. He is world class.

This young man, who did this balancing act today, is beyond amazing. He can juggle and balance. Both at extremely high levels — and I don’t mean just the height. He is world class. From the ‘Hanneford Circus’ Web site at http://hannefordcircus.com/

Bought Our Tickets For Christmas Revels 2013 At Dartmouth (By Revels North) At 8 am This Morning.

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As I said in my last post not only had I set two electronic e-mail alerts for yesterday to remind me — we set two wake up alarms, one mechanical the other electronic (because I am a great believer in belt-and-braces), to rouse me from my deep slumber at 7:30 am. That I was willing to get up at 7:30 am to buy tickets really is the utmost endorsement I can give to Revels North.

I am not a morning person — especially because I don’t go to bed until early morning! Last night I didn’t make it to bed till 1:30 am and then I read for 20 minutes. No I am not an insomniac. I actually sleep very well, without issue — always have and I can sleep anywhere when I have to. Unless we are travelling or have an appointment, it has to be a VERY SPECIAL occasion for me to agree to getting up before 8 am. And today was one of those days.

Yes, I got up at 7:30 last year also, on the very first day the tickets went online, to get our front row seats.

The kids have high expectations of me when it comes to tickets. They think I am good at it — probably the only thing that they think I am good at. So I try not to disappoint. They have very specific requirements. Front row aisle. So I got them front row aisle for the 3rd year in a trot. It was a bit nerve wracking this morning.

Though I woke up at 7:30 and Deanna, kindly, supplied me with my first cup of coffee shortly thereafter, there was no way I intended to get out of bed!  There are limits. So I had taken the precaution of putting Teischan’s Windows 8 laptop under the bed. I am not very good with laptops. I don’t like the keyboards and the screen, even at 15+”, is way too small for me. I am into BIG picture since this PC has 47″ horizontal screen space. So I messed up a few times. I was getting worried that I might lose the seats. But, I prevailed. We, actually Teischan, has an account, so the purchase part was easy. [We use to go to Big Apple circus at Hanover — until they stopped coming. I set up the Hop box office account to buy those tickets in 2006 — the year that Teischan was born; having seen the flyer for the circus at ‘The Hospital’ during her birth. Hence, why the account is in her name — which she is very proud of, because the tickets bear her name and all the Hop literature we get is addressed to her.]

So we are excited. I am happy though this has been an EXPENSIVE week in terms of tickets. Monday tickets for the circus. Today Revels and then 30 minutes later Deanna bought tickets for ‘Story Land’ — another near ‘annual’ ritual. 

Another New Year’s Eve 2012 Option In NH: Santa’s Village, Partybation, In Jefforson, NH.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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I continue to be on the lookout for New Year’s Eve 2012 celebration opportunities in NH beyond those that I have already discussed, that are taking place in: Wolfeboro, Manchester and Portsmouth.

I found another. Santa’s Village, Partybation, in Jefferson, NH. It looks interesting.

I have only been to Santa’s Village once, and that was 2 years ago. I was surprised by how far it was. Beautiful ride, but ‘WoW’. It was like an hour beyond ‘Story Land‘ in Jackson. If I was up there, I might consider the drive. Plus, I know that there are a lot of adults, thanks to fond childhood memories of the place, who love going there. So, this might be an option for them. It is $27 for adults. Seems a tad on the high side given the location. Plus it does not go on until midnight. Finishes at 9pm. So most folks will be on the road at midnight! But, here is a sneak preview.

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